Malawi's Life-President, Ngwazi H. Kamuzu Banda, received an enthusiastic welcome on July 6, at the start of celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of his return to Malawi and the 19th anniversary of the former British colony's independence.
CU President Banda waving his fly-whisk as he enters Kamuzu stadium in open car, surrounded by singing crowds (2 shots)
GV Dancers around President's car, wearing dresses printed with portraits of President
CU President with one of the dancers, joining in the dancing
GV Crowds forming 25th anniversary banner
CU People in stadium look on as human banner changes to message: Long Live Kamuzu and portrait of President, as crowd bursts into applause (3 shots)
SV President Banda holding tribal spear and shield, joins Ngoni tribal dancers (2 shots)
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Background: Malawi's Life-President, Ngwazi H. Kamuzu Banda, received an enthusiastic welcome on July 6, at the start of celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of his return to Malawi and the 19th anniversary of the former British colony's independence. Dr Banda's open car was almost mobbed by hundreds of his supporters on arrival at Kamuzu Stadium, in Blantyre, where thousands had gathered for the occasion. The president, carrying a fly-whisk, the emblem of the Presidency he has held for 25 years, joined in the dancing performed by members of the country's various tribes wearing traditional dress. Elaborate human displays spelling out the Malawi people's good wishes to the president, and the country's unity, were performed for Dr Banda. In 1953 Malawi, formerly called Nyasaland, was linked with two other British dependencies, Northern and Southern Rhodesia, - now Zambia and Zimbabwe - to form the Federation of Rhodesia and Nyasaland, Elections in August 1961 gave the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) - led by Dr Banda - a majority on the Legislative Council. The MCP campaigned for secession from the Federation, and independence. Dr Banda became Prime Minister early in 1963, and Nyasaland became independent as Malawi, in December 1964. Two years later, it became a Republic, with Dr Banda as president and in 1971, he became life-president. Dr Banda was the first African head of state to visit South Africa.